The AEE Fantasy Start/Sit List – RB edition – Week 7
The Fantasy Football 2019 NFL regular season. As we continue the regular season, let’s take a look at the best starts and sits heading into Week 7 of your fantasy football matchups.
Start of the Week: Frank Gore vs Miami Dolphins
The interminable one will have his best matchup of the year against the Miami Dolphins. The Fins made Adrian Peterson look five years younger on Sunday and I expect them to do the same for Frank Gore. Gore has already topped one hundred yards in a game this season and he did it against the best defense in the league in the Patriots. I think both Frank Gore and Devin Singletary are excellent plays this week, but I’ve seen Gore on some waiver wires so he’s my play of the week.
Start – Leonard Fournette @ Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals might have looked hot to start the season, but they’re slowly imploding into the Bungles once again. This means they are a team to target for streaming purposes and so you’re firing up Leonard Fournette in this matchup. I think Fournette could finish as a top ten fantasy back this week given the matchup.
Start – Aaron Jones vs Oakland Raiders: After Monday night’s matchup, I could see fantasy owners feeling queasy and benching Aaron Jones in favor of Jamaal Williams. Even though the Raiders have played well, I think Jones will rebound in this game and Williams will be relegated to his usual backup role. You can’t do it with confidence, but start Aaron Jones.
Start – Malcolm Brown @ Atlanta Falcons: Assuming Todd Gurley plays, I’d still be willing to flex Malcolm Brown. He actually didn’t look bad against the 49ers but the Rams offense as a collective was completely terrible and fell behind early. The Falcons are a much worse defense, so if you’re needing a running back to cover a bye or injury this week, you could do worse than Brown.
Start – Chase Edmonds @ New York Giants: After last week’s performance, Chase Edmonds was likely a hot add off the waiver wire this week. If you were lucky enough to scoop him up, you can feel good about flexing him against the Giants this week. The Giants defense is secretly not bad at stopping the run, but they give it up in the passing game where Edmonds thrives.
Start – Austin Ekeler @ Tennessee Titans: Remember when Austin Ekeler was a top-five running back in PPR? Pepperidge Farm remembers and hopefully, so do the Chargers. I think with a tough defensive matchup the Chargers will look to have more outlet and screen passes available and that means more Austin Ekeler.
Sit of the Week: Joe Mixon vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Full apologies to the Joe Mixon truthers out there, but you cannot play him right now. The Bengals offensive line is literally offensive to watch. Joe Mixon is getting hit two to three yards in the backfield and is still breaking tackles, but then he’s running into a wall for no gain. The Jaguars are not the best defense this year, but they’re solid enough to wreck Cincinnati’s run game. The fact that Giovani Bernard is also stealing touches just makes this situation a losing proposition when it comes to your fantasy football squad.
Sit – Kerryon Johnson vs Minnesota Vikings: I try to have at least one big name, leap of faith running back that I put on my sit list. Now, you probably can’t sit Kerryon Johnson, and as a KJ owner, I’m starting him this week. However, I’m tempering my expectations against this Vikings run defense, which has been excellent this season. Unless you have a dearth of excellent running backs though, you’re playing Kerryon.
Sit – Adrian Peterson vs San Francisco 49ers: He may have turned back the clock against the lowly Dolphins, but now Adrian Peterson will have to face the second best defense in the league. Hopefully, you tried to package Peterson in trade offers to unload him, because the Redskins are about to face a gauntlet of the league’s best defenses.
Sit – Melvin Gordon @ Tennesee Titans: Austin Ekeler makes my start list, but Melvin Gordon does not. It’s a tough matchup and I like Ekeler because he’s a great PPR back. Melvin Gordon is going to get the between the tackles work and production against this underrated Titans defense is likely to be hard to come by. I would sit Melvin Gordon this week.
Sit – Latavius Murray @ Chicago Bears: If you haven’t given up on Latavius Murray yet, you might’ve been encouraged by his usage last week. He had arguably his best game of the season, but I don’t expect him to repeat that performance against the Chicago Bears, who are well rested coming off their bye week. I’m fading Murray back to the bench this week.
Sit – Le’Veon Bell vs New England Patriots: Similarly to Kerryon Johnson, you probably can’t afford to sit Le’Veon Bell this week. However, if you’re incredibly lucky and have enough depth that you can feasibly sit Bell, than you should go ahead and do that. Don’t be married to the name on the back of the jersey, if you have two good running backs and a starting wide receiver to flex instead of Bell, I’d rather do that than force Bell into my lineup.